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Old 07-05-2005, 03:55 PM   #1
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Ewan McGregor Talks About His Alcoholism

Long before he was battling the forces of evil in Star Wars, Ewan McGregor was battling alcohol addiction, the actor has revealed in a candid interview.

"Originally I was a happy drunk. But later I was miserable because it's a depressant," the Scottish actor, 34, tells Playboy magazine. "I was just ashamed of myself, really."

McGregor, who has two children with his wife Eva Mavrakis, says he was shocked that his coworkers seemed to overlook what was obviously a glaring problem. "None of my directors ever said, 'You know, I'd rather you didn't drink at work.' None of them. And they must have known," he says. "I was reeking of (alcohol)."

The Scottish actor doesn't mention which films he made while drinking too much, but says his habit may have limited his performances. "When you work drunk, you find one way to play a scene and that's it."

McGregor, who played a heroin addict in Trainspotting in 1996, and stars in the upcoming The Island, says he stopped drinking because he was afraid he'd lose all he'd worked for. "I knew I was lucky, and somehow I knew that if I didn't stop, everything would go tits up – my career, my family, my everything."

And despite his rise in fame, McGregor, who has been sober for 4 1/2 years, insists that isn't what propels him to work. "If you chase fame, you're just going to end up miserable and unhappy," he tells Playboy. "I'm not interested in fame, because you'll never be famous enough. … You'll never wake up one day and go, 'I'm f---ing famous, and I'm really happy.'"

Carrying on his message in another medium, McGregor has spoken up in his native Scotland, just as G-8 leaders of the world are gathering to meet there, and is calling for international action to help children afflicted by poverty.

"These eight leaders are going to have at their fingertips the power to make extraordinary changes in the world, truly to make poverty history for these people," McGregor said Sunday at the start of a UNICEF workshop. "Now it's time to hear the voices from the developing world, especially young voices."
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If only he could spell his first name rightly.

Seriously, good for him.
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What Ewan McGregor really needs is some vitamins and exercise. That'll fix everything.
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What Ewan McGregor really needs is some vitamins and exercise. That'll fix everything.
wait...are you implying it DOESN'T? i knew i was doing something wrong
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wait...are you implying it DOESN'T? i knew i was doing something wrong
The correct formula is

vitamins + excercise + chockie = joy/end of depression.

Seriously, I'm pleased Ewan has come out and confessed. I hope it helps others with the same affliction.
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Good for him
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i saw a book at work, too, a few weeks ago

apparently he rode a motorcycle around the world.
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i saw a book at work, too, a few weeks ago

apparently he rode a motorcycle around the world.
Yeah with one of his pals.

Ewan and his friend also had a TV show detailing the trip!
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I do love Ewan, and I'm glad he's talking about this.

I want to see his motorcylce trip so bad, I missed it when it aired on Bravo
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I saw ewan mcgregor on saturday in Guys and Dolls at the Picadilly Theatre (london)

It was cracking

The guy is a fab actor, and he isn't bad in a musical either

I am glad he has managed to fight his demons
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I saw ewan mcgregor on saturday in Guys and Dolls at the Picadilly Theatre (london)
lucky you, I'd love to see him in a play

I applaud him for his honesty
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Unfortunately, I've had to deal with alcoholism in my family. And Ewan is right, you can lose just about everything to the bottle. I applaud him for being able to overcome it.
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Unfortunately, I've had to deal with alcoholism in my family. And Ewan is right, you can lose just about everything to the bottle.
me too. I think there's a popular misconception that alcoholism isn't as bad as other addictions because it's not a hardcore drug like meth or something. but an alcoholic's bottom is just as low as any other addict's.

good for him for going into recovery, and for being brave enough to talk about it
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The guy is a fab actor, and he isn't bad in a musical either

Made evident by his great performance in Moulin Rouge.
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I do love Ewan, and I'm glad he's talking about this.

I want to see his motorcylce trip so bad, I missed it when it aired on Bravo
I missed it on Bravo too.

It's on DVD in the UK but not in the USA

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